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Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas

by The Nepal Trust
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Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Keeping the lights on in the Hidden Himalayas
Solar Fridge.
Solar Fridge.

Dear friends and supporters.

I am very happy to report that our operations partner - LIDS - is now up and running at our new Renewable Energy Service Centre in Simikot. This is a major achievement and the start of a new dawn in Humla, officially the remotest and most deprived district in Nepal. The only district still to get a road connection to the outside world - imagine!

The establishment of a high tech operation in such a remote area opens up opportunities for the economy and provides hope for the future. Perhaps it will help to stem the flow of young people to the cities. 

One of LIDs first tasks was to install solar power to three new Health/Birthing clinics in south Humla. This is a health project completed by the Nepal Trust and handed over to the District Health Officer as part of the government health system. Each clinic is fully electrified including the installation of solar fridges for the storage of vaccines - a totally new service not available before and a modern life-saver.

The Service Centre in Humla is unique in Nepal and an example of how clean modern technology can help to transform rural economies. Time will tell but the Trust is committed to this project for some time yet to ensure it develops solid foundations and a bright future.

Thank you to you all who have stayed with this project and helped in many ways. We really value your support and hope you will continue to help when you can. Please get your friends involved. We would love to hear from you with your ideas and suggestions on how we could further develop this project to help bring maximum economic benefits to this most remote and impoverished part of the planet.

Namaste.

Solar Panels.
Solar Panels.
Solar Panels (2)
Solar Panels (2)
A new Birthing Centre
A new Birthing Centre
Wiring new Birthing Centre
Wiring new Birthing Centre
Wiring.
Wiring.
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New Equipment
New Equipment

Dear Friends and Supporters

I am very happy to report that now we have a new Project Agreement with the government and we have concluded the working agreement with our chosen operator - LIDS, operations are go. All equipment and machinery have been ordered and will be delivered to the new Service Centre after the festival of Tihar in November, the second most important Hindu festival in Nepal.

This is a keystone project that it is hoped will deliver a much needed service in the remote district of Humla. New renewable energy schemes are springing up all over the district but lack any technical support when repairs or maintenance are required. It will also bring new skills to this remote area and generate prosperity and reasons to remain rather move out to a better life.

The Nepal Trust will continue to monitor and support this project for up to five years to help nuture and ensure it becomes a successful enterprise. We believe this is the first of its kind in the remote areas and will provide a blueprint for others to follow.

We sincerely thank you for all of your support and we hope you will continue to help until we are happy the project can stand on its own feet. Please tell your friends and ask them to help support this environment enhancing project. A changing climate is perhaps affecting the people of the Himalayas worse than most. Please help them.

Many thanks and Namaste

Loading new equipment
Loading new equipment
Ordered and ready to go.
Ordered and ready to go.
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Dear friends and supporters.

Last time we reported on the fact that our 5 year plan with the government had been approved and despite the monsoon rains we have made finally progress to identify the items to equip the new innovative Renewable Energy Service Center. Soon we hope to purchase these machines and hand tools, and hope to transport all up to Simikot from Nepalgunj where it will be handed over to our local partner LIDS to start electrical and mechanical works.

In addition we managed despite the many rains to send a local technician up to Yari village to install a solar fridge, which will be driven by solar panels, for the Yari Birthing Center and Health Post. Yari is a remote village nearly 5-6 days walk from Simikot, so to have electricity available that can be used to provide better healthcare is a much needed asset that will benefit the many villagers.

Obviously there may be a future need for maintenance and repair of such equipment, which shows the need of the Service Center and trained staff to keep providing such valuable services.

This remote area is never likely to be linked up to national grid and thus much will depend on RE sources and its maintenance to support the development of local communities.

We want to thank you for all your support and encouragement and I hope you will continue to help in days to come. Tell your friends about us and encourage them to support these very remote areas that can surely help any need they can get.

Namaste

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A poor Humli family
A poor Humli family

Dear Friends and Supporters

The hard winter is now over and it is easier to get around in Nepal’s remotest district of Humla. Of course ‘easier’ is relative when walking is your only option. The lack of roads and the other infrastructures we are used to makes movement slow and laborious. This part of Nepal is also very poor and food deficient. More than 50% of children die in infancy and the average lifespan is only 58 years.

Once an economic powerhouse reliant on the salt trade from Tibet, finally succumbed to cheaper iodized Indian salt. Salt caravans are now a very rare sight.

The economy is slowly improving as tourism begins to take over and the area has become the official gateway to holy Mount Kailash in Tibet. This religious tourism is bringing many pilgrims from India and elsewhere to the region to fulfil a dream. Lodges and eating-places are popping up all along the main trail to cater for this demand. Renewable energy has become a very important source of electricity for the new economy and is expanding. It is also a clean energy that contributes to a healthier society

The Nepal Trust has been a leader in the development of this technology often in some of the most remote places. More have been installed by others but some are non-operational or only partially working due to a lack of effective maintenance.

The planned Renewable Energy Service Centre will facilitate the local maintenance of existing and future installations and offer much needed electrical, mechanical and related services, spares and repairs. It will provide the means for mountain villages to improve and sustain their livelihoods through clean energy technologies and to benefit from the consequent employment and business opportunities that develop alongside. Indirectly the Service centre project will also contribute to conserving the environment and forests that are depleting fast.

We are still in discussions with our chosen partner Ngo, LIDS, who will manage the Centre on our behalf. We hope to conclude our agreement over the next few weeks and then push ahead with the installation of machinery and equipment much, of which, will have to be sourced from India. We apologise for the apparent slowness but things do take time in this remote part of the world. A sick man in Humla may have to walk 2 days to get help but getting there is the most important thing! I hope to have some real positive progress by the next report.

Thanks to you all for your support and patience. We hope you will remain with us and pass on the news to your friends. Climate change and the damage to our environment are very much in the news these days. Your continued support and help will be a contribution to helping solve some of these issues.

On the trail to Mount Kailash
On the trail to Mount Kailash
Clean light
Clean light
A Microhydro installation
A Microhydro installation
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Enjoying the Snow.
Enjoying the Snow.

Dear Friends and Supporters

Humla is still in the grip of a hard winter. Deep snows have isolated villages and blocked trails and made it even more difficult to move around and communicate. Of course, this is not unusual at these elevations but this winter has been exceptional. The people are very adaptable and mainly cope but, sometimes, it is very difficult. Communications are a problem particularly for the only transport means by light aircraft. Walking far is not an option. Cell phones are now everywhere but they cannot bring in the food and medical supplies!

As soon as the weather improves we will push ahead with the final development and opening of our Renewable Energy Service Centre. We have agreed an operational plan with our chosen implementation partner Local Initiative Development Support Consultancy Agency (LIDS). The Nepal Trust will retain ownership of the facility and will fund one technician for the first two years (LIDS will fund a second one). We will also supply all the initial office and mechanical equipment. 

LIDS will be expected to run a commercial business and the local communities will pay commercial rates. The service will also include advice to communities on how and where to source funding. After the initial 2 year phase lease renewal will be on a 3 year cycle.

At the present time the Trust is sourcing plant and materials much of which may have to come from India. I hope that by the next report we will have good news that the Centre is almost ready to go. After a hard winter there will probably be much to do servicing and repairing the many hydro and solar installations in the district.

We are still looking for your help and hope that you will continue to support this important economic project. Funds are required for the fitting out and start up phase. Thank you so much for all your support and interest and do, please, pass on the news to your friends and colleagues. The people of Humla already have a negligable carbon footprint let's make it a positive one!

Namaste

Chyaduk MHP
Chyaduk MHP
Chyaduk MHP installation
Chyaduk MHP installation
Nepal Trust team with Ghoti MHP committee.
Nepal Trust team with Ghoti MHP committee.
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